This report analyses patterns that might account for the earnings gap between men and women at the self-employed Bar found in every practice area in the 0-3 years' post qualification experience (PQE) group.

The report builds on the Bar Council’s report ‘Gross earnings by sex and practice area at the self-employed Bar 2023’ which found in every call band and every area of practice, men’s median gross earnings are higher than women’s. The gap starts right at the beginning of their careers.

The report is supplemented by a toolkit for chambers to calculate work distribution within sets and the Practice review guide for barristers and clerks outlining review processes.

Join a workshop led by the Bar Council at the Bar Conference that looks at the latest earnings data, highlighting the questions barristers should be asking to ensure their practice is in the right place. 

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